Anyone who raises more than one cat has probably experienced catfights. You’re lounging on the couch doing nothing and before you know it, your cat is scratching and hissing at your other cat.
While cat stealing can be easy to break up, bad blood between cats means more fights. You can only take so much scratching! In this article, we’ll tell you how to stop your cats from cursing at each other.
How do I stop my cat from bullying my other cat?
Indoor cats usually fight because of pent-up energy. When they are bored in the house or lack activity, they find other ways to release their energy. And, of course, the other cats in the house are an ideal way to do this.
You can keep your cats from being intimidated by creating fun activities for them around the house. You can have your cat chase a treat down the stairs. You can also set up interactive toys and scratching posts to keep them entertained. In addition, you can include clicker training in their daily activities. This will both keep them busy and exhaust their minds.
By keeping your cats busy, you will keep them away from each other and they will not feel the need to fight.
There are other methods you can try if keeping your cats busy doesn’t work. For starters, you can work to create a peaceful atmosphere in your home. There are many ways to do this, such as installing a soothing diffuser. These diffusers are filled with a non-medicated liquid that smells like cat pheromones. This gives your cats natural cues that the house is safe territory. This way, they will feel calm and not fight.
In addition, you can create an isolated environment by closing the curtains at night. Your cats may become irritated at the sight of stray cats outside, and not seeing them can help keep them calm.
Finally, your cat’s aggressive behavior may be due to uncontrolled hormones. This occurs primarily in cats that are not spayed or neutered.
If you notice your cats fighting, do not physically intervene. You may get scratched and they won’t pay much attention to you. What you need to do is distract their attention from the fight. You can use a feather wand or other toy to do this.
Why do cats fight each other?
Cats don’t start fighting with other cats out of nowhere. They start with harmless bullying that doesn’t result in injury. If they get along well, they either start avoiding each other or learn to tolerate each other’s presence.
If they continue to push each other around, the situation will gradually escalate until you witness a few fights, which can end with vicious results.
Here are a few reasons why cats in the same house will bicker with each other.
If you have two cats and they are both females, chances are they will start fighting more during the breeding season. Most of these problems can be easily solved by spaying the cats before they are a year old.
Differences in grading
Did you know that chickens have a hierarchy? And that lower-ranking chickens are often bullied by the stronger ones? The same is true for cats, but without a hierarchy.
Weak or older cats are usually considered a target by the stronger felines. If they are used to showing submissive body language or sitting around doing nothing, this will be an open invitation for other cats to start bullying them.
Any change in the house or environment can upset cats and cause them to fight with each other. If you’ve recently moved their beds, food boxes, or litter boxes, chances are they’ll fight with each other because of it.
In addition, changes in the social group can also cause cats to become irritated. This may be the departure or arrival of another animal in the house. Cats may feel threatened by the newcomer and begin to bully him.
Finally, changes in routine can also cause stress to your cats. When stressed, expect your cats to do anything from peeing on the furniture to bullying other cats.
All animals have territorial instincts, and they become deadly dangerous when it comes to acting on those instincts. When you get a new cat, it will likely wander around the house undisturbed. However, it may unknowingly walk past a territory marked by your older cat. In this case, the older cat will begin to bully the newcomer for trespassing.
Some cats will even deliberately lure other cats into their territory and fight them as soon as they venture in!
Unfortunately, territorial aggression is difficult to resolve, especially if your cat is aggressive by nature. The best you can do is to create a calming environment to prevent him from fighting with your other cat.
How to deal with a catfight
When your cats start to yell at each other, a fight is inevitable. You need to know how to break it up so you don’t get caught in their aggressive clutches. The most important thing to do is to avoid physical intervention. You will never be able to separate them and you will only end up getting scratched.
In addition, your physical intervention may break your cats’ trust and cause them to distrust you later on.
The best approach to ending a catfight is to distract the cats from the quarrel that is breaking out. For example, you can create a loud noise so that they turn around to see what’s going on. However, to do this, you must be out of their sight. Otherwise, they will see you as a third aggressor. You can hit or bang on any pot; it will do the trick.
If you don’t want to use noise, you can throw any soft object near the cats to scare them. You can use a pillow or cloth, so as not to hurt them. The cats will then be distracted and run to hide, allowing them to forget about the fight, even for a few minutes.
How do cats intimidate themselves?
Normal actions should not be confused with bullying. So you need to learn how cats bully each other. That way, when you see them doing it, you’ll know you need to do something about it.
Cats can intimidate each other through physical movements or subtle tricks. As for physical moves, they may lunge at each other with their claws out or hiss in the air. If they’re not in the mood for physical activity, they may resort to forceful moves, such as blocking other cats’ paths to food bowls or the litter box.
You’ll know that the cat’s actions are intimidating because they usually come out of nowhere. For example, if your cat slaps the other cat’s face and the other cat responds by chasing after him, this is not considered bullying. It is simply a reaction to an aggressive paw. On the other hand, if the cat jumps on the other cat for no reason at all, you know it’s bullying.
Raising multiple cats should not be a problem if they get along well. However, if your cats are verbally abusive to each other, you may need to take action!
The best thing to do is to create a peaceful environment in your home so that the cats feel safe. In addition, you can have them play together, so they get used to each other’s presence.
Watch for signs of aggression, such as biting, hissing, or dirty looks. If your cats do none of these things, you’re a lucky owner!